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By Equal Voice Action   In the fight for racial justice, efforts to reduce the criminalization of communities of color have often been waged independently across different issue areas, despite their shared aim. Two prevalent examples are the[...]

EVA Stands with Rosa María Hernández and Family

Oct 31, 2017 | Equal Voice Action

Equal Voice Action official statement on the detention of Rosa María Hernández   Equal Voice Action stands with the family of Rosa María Hernández in denouncing her detention by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in Texas[...]

In What Do I Dare to Trust?

Oct 30, 2017 | Michael Seifert

By Michael Seifert (This essay was originally published on October 23rd, 2017.) In What Do I Dare Trust: My School, My Doctor, My Park? The School The six grade girl in a school near McAllen, Texas, is bright, brave, and, of course, attentive.[...]

Seeds of Hope: Baltimore Program Supports Youth and Dreams

Oct 26, 2017 | Brad Wong of Equal Voice News

By Brad Wong of Equal Voice News   For 30 years, The Choice Program at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has supported Baltimore City youth, including young people facing poverty. Each year, about 50 AmeriCorps volunteers work with[...]

Video: New Orleans Residents Show Their Love

Oct 24, 2017 | Ubuntu Village

    Based in New Orleans, Ubuntu Village is a community organization that advances social, economic, and transformational justice for children and communities. In June, Ernest Johnson, co-founder and Director of Ubuntu Village and[...]

By Equal Voice Action   Connecting community members with local leaders is essential for shaping public policy from the grassroots up. As organizers, a common concern is how we can do this in engaging, meaningful, and impactful ways. The Asian[...]

By Equal Voice Action     Amid a devastating hurricane season that has wrought widespread damage across the Southern U.S., cities from Houston to Charleston face major rebuilding efforts as they embark on what will be a long-term recovery[...]

Adriana Velázquez: A DACA Story

Sep 21, 2017 | Adriana Velázquez of The Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)

By Adriana Velázquez of The Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP). This essay was originally published by SWOP on September 8th, 2017.   It’s been 15 years since I first placed foot in this country. My name is Adriana Velázquez and I am[...]

Podcast: Rural Policy Advocacy & Voice

Aug 25, 2017 | Equal Voice Action

Listen to Joyce Parker, Ann Williams Cass, and Earl Tulley discuss strategies and case studies for organizing and building voice and power across rural communities.  As part of our ongoing series of virtual exchanges, Equal Voice Action hosted a[...]

Organizing in the Colonias: Collective Action in the Rio Grande Valley

Aug 25, 2017 | By Tania Chavez of La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)

By Tania Chavez of La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE))   San Juan, TX—Colonias can be found all along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Hidalgo County, Texas holds the largest concentration of colonias in the U.S., with over 1000[...]

Why I Fight for Clean Water in the Cumberland Mountains

Aug 21, 2017 | By DJ Coker of SOCM (Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment) 

By DJ Coker of SOCM (Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment) (This essay was originally published by Equal Voice News.)   I grew up in the Cumberland Mountains near Jellico, Tennessee. My great-grandfather was a coal miner and my[...]

By Equal Voice Action Urban areas bring with them diversity, opportunity, and innovation, but when the subject of long-term equitable growth is broached, even the most well-intentioned cities often find themselves perpetuating deeply rooted,[...]

    Are you organizing for change in rural communities? Join us on August 24th at 10am PT / 1pm ET for our next virtual discussion, Rural Policy Advocacy & Voice.   Our panel of expert organizers will discuss the impact of federal[...]

Despite Promises, Florida Police Are Acting Like Immigration Agents

Jul 24, 2017 | Thomas Kennedy of the Center for Community Change

by Thomas Kennedy of the Center for Community Change This article was originally published on the Huffington Post and the Center for Community Change blog under the full title, “Despite Promises, Florida Police Are Acting Like Immigration[...]

Show Your Love

Jun 30, 2017 | By Ernest Johnson of Ubuntu Village and Equal Voice Action

By Ernest Johnson of Ubuntu Village and Equal Voice Action   Last week, my organization, Ubuntu Village, co-sponsored a screening of Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital. The film details the post-Katrina closure of Charity[...]

By Equal Voice Action   Organizing across diverse communities, identities, and issues is essential for effective coalition building and advocacy for inclusive economic and social policy. A case study in grassroots collaboration involving an[...]

Fighting for Renters’ Rights: A Win for Grassroots Organizing in Silicon Valley

Jun 1, 2017 | Aleli Samson of Working Partnerships USA

By Aleli Samson of Working Partnerships USA   Robert Aguirre first moved into his apartment in San Jose, California in 2014 after living for years in a homeless encampment. San Jose, the country’s 10th largest city, is situated in the heart[...]

Listen to Tshaka Barrows, Albino Garcia, Jr., and Lashon Amado discuss challenges for youth development and share strategies and advice for empowering young people and lifting up communities.  As part of our ongoing virtual discussion series,[...]

    Are you working to engage youth in your community and cause? Join us on May 25th at 10am PT / 1pm ET for our next virtual discussion, Youth Development & Engagement for Social Change. Our panel of expert organizers and youth[...]

Grassroots Power Hour Deepens IMAN’s Organizing and Wellness Efforts

Apr 18, 2017 | By Dallas Wright of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network

By Dallas Wright of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (modified with permission from an original post by Sara Hamdan)     Recent federal policy decisions around immigration and criminal justice have had a marked impact on the daily[...]

Building a National Campaign for Immigrant Rights and Policy Reform

Mar 27, 2017 | By Victoria Dominguez of CARECEN and Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance

By Victoria Dominguez of CARECEN and Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance   Since the November 2016 election of President Donald Trump, the political climate and sense of security within the immigrant community has drastically[...]

Listen to Anthony Romero, Stewart Kwoh, Rami Nashashibi, and Henry A. J. Ramos discuss challenges and strategies for defending civil and human rights under the Trump administration. In the third of a multi-part series, Equal Voice Action hosted a[...]

Alabama Coalition Builds Leadership for Social Change

Mar 16, 2017 | By Shakita B. Jones, Network Weaver for Equal Voice Alabama

By Shakita B. Jones, Network Weaver for Equal Voice Alabama   Since the nation’s recent national elections have propelled new threats to low-income grassroots community interests in areas ranging from civil rights and education to health[...]

  During January and February, Equal Voice Action Executive Director Henry A. J. Ramos visited EVA members, partners, and allies for immigration policy-focused exchanges in Phoenix and Yuma, AZ, and Los Angeles, CA.  Talks with leaders and[...]

  Join us online on March 20th at 11am PT / 2pm ET for our next live virtual discussion, Civil & Human Rights Under the Trump Administration. Our expert panel, including Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, will address the[...]

  On December 7, 2016, in Washington, D.C., EVA Executive Director Henry A. J. Ramos joined 50 of the nation’s leading human services and family advocates at a National Human Services Assembly gathering to discuss the rights and[...]

Listen to Emma Torres, Cristina Jiménez, Lawrence Benito, Marcia Olivo, and Karin Wang discuss strategies for defending immigrants and refugees amid the current political climate and policy landscape.  In the second of a multi-part series, Equal[...]

New Mexico: Hundreds Rally at State Capitol Against Immigration Executive Orders

Feb 9, 2017 | By Emmanuelle "Neza" Leal of Somos Un Pueblo Unido

By Emmanuelle “Neza” Leal of Somos Un Pueblo Unido (originally published as a press release on February 6th, 2017)     SANTA FE, NM–On Monday, hundreds of immigrant families, labor, faith and civil rights leaders, and[...]

Indigenous Women Rise: We Exist, We Resist, We Rise

Feb 6, 2017 | By Chrissie Castro of Native Voice Network

By Chrissie Castro of Native Voice Network and Indigenous Women Rise     A day after the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Indigenous Women Rise marched with hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children to stand[...]

Join us online on February 14th at 11am PT / 2pm ET for our next live virtual discussion, Immigrant & Refugee Rights in the Trump Era: Next Stage Advocacy Strategies. Our expert panel will discuss strategies for protecting immigrant and refugee[...]

Chicago Equal Voice Co-convenes “Protected by Faith” Vigil

Jan 26, 2017 | Ashley Moy-Wooten of Chicago Equal Voice

By Ashley Moy-Wooten of Chicago Equal Voice   In response to Donald Trump’s presidential victory, several organizations came together on December 1st, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple to organize a powerful[...]

Listen to Angela Glover Blackwell, Chrissie Castro, Derecka Mehrens, and Henry A. J. Ramos discuss strategies for defending and advancing progressive causes in the new political era under President Donald Trump.  In the first of a multi-part[...]

Virtual Discussion: Resistance – Join us Jan 19th!

Jan 5, 2017 | Equal Voice Action

Equal Voice Action welcomes members, allies, and friends to join us on January 19th for a live virtual discussion, Resistance: Action for Equity in a New Political Era. In the first of a new informative and interactive series for the EVA community,[...]

Voices from Standing Rock: We Danced in Resistance and Resilience

Nov 30, 2016 | By Morning Star Gali of Native Voice Network

By Morning Star Gali of Native Voice Network I am writing this as I make my second journey in two weeks to the Oceti Sakowin camp from California, a one way distance of 1600 miles through snowy and slick terrain. A week ago Sunday I was there,[...]

New Mexico Inclusive Democracy Project

Nov 8, 2016 | Javier Benavidez and Andrea J. Serrano for NM Inclusive Democracy Project

By Javier Benavidez and Andrea J. Serrano for NM Inclusive Democracy Project   In today’s current political climate, grassroots organizations have become the standard bearer of shaping progressive policy and working toward creating a true[...]

Our Vote, Our Voice

Nov 8, 2016 | Equal Voice Action

As millions of voters across the U.S. prepare to cast their votes on November 8th, we have the opportunity to determine more than our elected representatives. State and local ballot measures enable us to directly weigh in on important issues that[...]

In This Hate-Filled Election, There’s Always Love

Nov 7, 2016 | By Ai-jen Poo and George Goehl

By Ai-jen Poo, George Goehl   Recently, our own Geoge Goehl, Treasurer of the Equal Voice Action board of directors, was featured with his fiancee, Ai-jen Poo, a leading national domestic workers advocate in an inspiring article we wanted[...]